A Festive Girls Getaway in Vancouver

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas | thetravellingmom.ca

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. It’s never easy to get away from all the many things that need our attention during the holiday prep time (it’s a never-ending list!), but hey, moms need attention too.

With that in mind, my friend and Seattle-based blogger Keryn Means of Walking On Travels and I took one for the team and hit Vancouver for a moms mini-break girls getaway weekend, enjoying all of the great holiday events and activities that the city has to offer. Of course, all of these holiday activities can be enjoyed with the family too!

A Festive Girls Getaway in Vancouver

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Festive red for the holidays! The 2010 Olympic Torch, Jack Pool Plaza

Our getaway weekend was bone-chillingly cold, so we mixed things up with visits to some of Vancouver’s most popular indoor and outdoor holiday attractions.

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Ready to fly! Over Canada

I’ve been on the Soarin’ over California ride at Disneyland, so I was excited to try out the newest (and coolest) attraction in the city – Flyover Canada. It’s a virtual flight-simulation that lifts off for an 8-minute, breathtaking ride over our great land. I found this ride surprisingly emotional – Canada is so beautiful! – and the 3D experience is extremely well done. Note: For the holidays, Santa appears via video to request that guests help him find three missing reindeer during the Flyover flight.

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Lots of room to practice your triple axel at the Robson Square Ice Rink in downtown Vancouver

Fancy a skate? The Robson Square Skating Rink is in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s the perfect size for practicing your triple axels (or crossovers), provided it’s not too crowded. The rink stays cold and frozen even as the temperature rises, but only lasts a short time during the winter season. Skate rentals are on-site, and do check out the cute little Zambonis that clean the ice.

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

A gathering of handmade wooden Christmas ornaments at the Market

The annual German-style Vancouver Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver features wooden stalls of German handmade crafts, specialty food vendors (think chocolate, stollen, maple fudge), and prepared food options like pretzels, schnitzel, sausages and a spaetzle noodle house. Keep warm with some hot apple cider, Gluhwein (hot spiced red wine), or a warm baked apple with vanilla sauce, as you stroll around the Market. There’s live entertainment, a carousel, and a large indoor market by Kathe Wohlfahrt, the popular German Christmas ornament and decor company. TipPay once and get a free re-entry pass good the entire season (until December 24th.) 

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Getting an arts + culture fix at the VAG

We needed a warm break from the holiday rush, and ducked into the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG), in the middle of downtown. It’s a calm oasis of First Nations sculpture, Emily Carr landscapes, and rotating visiting exhibitions. The Gallery Store is a hidden treasure – the perfect place to find unique gifts for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Amazing baked creations:: Gingerbread Village at Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas

Making the holiday rounds in this city has to include a visit to Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, in North Vancouver. In addition to the snow play fun, there’s Santa’s Workshop, a chance to meet one of his reindeer – Prancer, strap on skates for the outdoor rink, stroll through the Gingerbread Village, watch classic Christmas movies, and even take a mountaintop sleigh ride. We enjoyed warming up with hot chocolate & nachos at Altitudes Bistro on the mountain while watching a gorgeous winter sunset.

Every busy mom deserves a break at this time of year. Grab your BFF and follow these tips for a festive girls getaway in Vancouver at Christmas. (via thetravellingmom.ca)

Capilano Suspension Bridge all light up for Canyon Lights

The Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge is en route to Grouse Mountain, and worth the stop to admire the park all lighted up for the holidays. They’re laying claim to having the world’s tallest living Christmas tree, but you’ll have to judge that for yourself when you visit. Hold on tight as you walk over the suspension bridge – it does tend to sway. I was just thankful that I couldn’t see the canyon floor in the dark! Other popular attractions in the park include the Treetops Adventure and the Cliffwalk.

All photos by C. Laroye.

Disclosure: The writer visited these attractions as a guest of Tourism Vancouver. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.

Have you ever taken a moms getaway? What did you enjoy the most about your holiday break? Share your comment below.

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20 Comments

  • Natasha Amar says:

    Sounds like a perfect winter getaway!

  • melody pittman says:

    My husband and I did Vancouver two years ago and loved that Capilano Suspension Bridge. I enjoyed your Christmas pictures as I did not know there were Christmas markets in Vancouver. Who knew? I also need to go back and do that Flyover Canada ride; sounds epic! I am a huge Disney fan and of course Soarin’ is my very favorite. 😉 Glad you enjoyed your trip, minus the cold temps. 😉

    • Claudia says:

      The Christmas Market is still fairly new (only 6th year), and there are indeed many things to do in town over the holidays. I’m glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed some time in Vancouver as well. Happy Holidays!

  • Laura says:

    I’ve never been to Vancouver during the Christmas season, but we go all the time in the summer. It’s cool to see it all festive like that! Those are some really cool activities! Perhaps we should make a quick weekend trip up there! (We also live in Seattle)

  • Meg Jerrard says:

    Grouse Mountain Peak sounds fun! We were in Vancouver during summer, and while everyone told us we needed to climb to the peak we sadly didn’t have enough time. Sounds like it’s probably more interesting and exciting during winter though once they put on the festive displays!

    And ice skating is my fav! I’m hoping I can actually drive a zamboni one day! Will add Robson Square Skating Rink to the list too 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    • Claudia says:

      You’ll have to return in both winter and summer to enjoy some more time in Vancouver, AND drive that mini-zamboni. It’s quite adorable! Thanks for your comments, Meg. Merry Christmas! 🙂

  • antonette - we12travel says:

    I love Vancouver, it’s my favorite city in the world. Have been three times now but never during winter, would love to return because I’m sure that the atmosphere is awesome there during the holiday season!

  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family says:

    I’ve never been to Vancouver but it seems like a surprisngly great place to visit in Winter.

    • Claudia says:

      There is a lot to do here during the winter months, especially if you like the outdoors. Thanks for your comment, Bethaney!

  • Alli says:

    Oooo this looks super festive! Right up my alley 🙂 I would just love to make it out to Western Canada and experience Vancouver! I never thought of it during the holiday season before, but I definitely should be considering it now!

    • Claudia says:

      Glad to hear! A trip out west is good at any time of year (though November is likely the least opportune time). Happy Holidays!

  • Dariece says:

    Whoa, that is one fancy gingerbread village! This looks like the perfect girls getaway. Sounds like you had a blast 🙂

  • Mar says:

    I love Christmas and living in the tropics means that I miss it all the more! Vancouver seems to be taking the Christmas spirit to the next level. The markets, the chance to meet santa and the rendeers..and of course, Gluhwein, who doesn’t like hot, spiced wine?

  • Vanessa says:

    Any time hot chocolate and nachos make an appearance in the same activity, I’m all in! 😉 In all seriousness, do you know if there are outdoor vendors for Beavertails in Vancouver? It’s a kind of large, flat, hot, deep fried pastry that’s very common here in Ottawa and people eat it a lot after skating on the canal or doing other outdoors activities.

    • Claudia says:

      Oh yes! We love Beavertails – one of my all time favorite winter treats. Thanks for your comment, Vanessa!

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